Sunday, May 15, 2011

Goodbye to two sex offenders

In the past couple of months I've seen obituaries of two of my former coworkers. Both were listed on the sex offender registry for offenses involving children. (A fact not noted in either obituary.)

E. was the accounting director for the school district where I worked. He had a reputation with the employees of the district office. He would hire 18 or 19-year-old boys as part-time helpers. They were always very handsome. One young man was placed in a chair right by E.'s side at his massive desk, and when we'd walk by the office we could see them huddling together. The word got out about E.'s voyeurism, from stories the young man told. E. volunteered to chauffeur him when on dates. He would park his Lincoln Continental, and watch in the rearview mirror as the young couple had sex. That's kinky, but they were older teenagers, and knew what they were doing. Years after E. retired he was charged with sex offenses against young children, who are protected by law because they obviously don't know what some dirty old man is doing. E. was in his seventies at the time. He died in March, 2011 at age 83, praised on the obituary website by several people who knew him. The former superintendent of schools wrote a very nice condolence. E. was a faithful member of his church, the same church the superintendent attended.

E.'s obit picture.

E.'s pic from the sex offender registry.

I met C. when he was about 21, in the late '70s. He was a big guy, 6'2" tall, who acted much younger than his age. My impression was that C. was mentally about 15 years of age. He was impulsive, and had a short temper. He got himself into trouble on many occasions with the boss, Big Jim. In 1981 C. left us to go to work in a lumber yard, but was fired for stealing. He tried to get his school district job back, but the boss didn't want anything to do with him, and sent him on his way. I didn't hear any more about C. until the late '90s, when I read a news article saying he had been arrested for having sex with a 12-year-old girl. I showed the article to Big Jim, who commented that C. was, "not one of my better hires."

According to the obituary C. died at age 53 on May 15, 2011 of a sudden heart attack.

C.'s obit pic.

C.'s pic from the sex offender registry.

I wasn't surprised by either of these two men being arrested for sex offenses, because of my general impressions from working with them.

Now they're both dead and I assume they'll be eventually taken off the sex offender registry. As it is when googling either of their names I get links to both their obituaries, full of praise for their lives. Their offender registries, not praiseworthy at all, state simply: Offense/Statute: 76-5-404.1 - AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD-ATTEMPTED/1ST DEGREE FELONY.


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